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Texas A&M Will Be the Flavor of the Month in 2013 SEC Preseason Predictions

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Barrett SalleeSEC Football Lead WriterJanuary 16, 2013

If you were sick of hearing about how good Alabama is, the Crimson Tide's 42-14 dismantling of Notre Dame in the BCS National Championship Game on Jan. 7 only added to your offseason stress level.

With so much firepower returning, head coach Nick Saban will likely land his team the preseason No. 1 ranking heading into the 2013 season, as the Crimson Tide will look to win their third consecutive BCS National Championship and fourth in five years.

But while the offseason narrative will likely be that Alabama is an unbeatable dynasty, let's not forget that it lost to Texas A&M during the regular season, squeaked by LSU and Georgia and was fortunate Ohio State was ineligible for a bowl game, otherwise the undefeated Buckeyes could have been playing the Fighting Irish.

Alabama isn't unbeatable, it's just really good when given time to prepare.

The Crimson Tide will get the majority of the offseason love, but if you're looking for the flavor of the month—or in this case, the offseason—look towards College Station, Texas.

Texas A&M is CBSSports.com senior college football columnist Dennis Dodd's pick for preseason No. 1. Whether it's simply to take a contrarian's point of view, a heartfelt pick or something in between, expect the Aggies to get more and more preseason love as the offseason progresses.

The reason is simple, there's a ton of firepower coming back to head coach Kevin Sumlin's team, and it's more than just quarterback Johnny Manziel.

Getting offensive tackle Jake Matthews is huge, along with running backs Ben Malena and Trey Williams, wide receiver Mike Evans and a young and talented secondary, led by Deshazor Everett and De'Vante Harris.

Plus, they have already proven that they can beat Alabama in Tuscaloosa. 

The schedule sets up well for the Aggies.

They get tune-ups with Rice and Sam Houston St. before their Week 3 showdown with Alabama in College Station and also get bye weeks before road trips to Ole Miss and LSU—their two toughest road tests of the season.

The Crimson Tide will have two weeks to prepare for the Aggies, so expect that to be the game of the year in the SEC, at least for offseason discussion purposes.

As the old saying goes, "The backup quarterback is always the most popular guy on the team." Texas A&M will be playing that role in the SEC this offseason, so expect more people to hop on board with Dodd's predictions as we get closer to the start of the season.

 

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